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Fear Itself (11/50)

My second Marvel Comics based story book, and I loved it.

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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

the only thing I would like to say is; someone should have warned me that someone has to die.

Not going to spoil it for others but be forewarned!!!

 

P.s: this counts as my 11th book in my GoodReads Challenge of 2014.

 

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“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy. ” ~ Lord of the Flies ~ William Golding

The Casual Vacancy (4/50)

One of the main reasons I chose to read J.K Rowling‘s “The Casual Vacancy“, was that she was J.K Rowling the creator of an amazing magical world which I brought up reading in my teens, HARRY POTTER.
Another reason; I thought it was a murder-mystery solving novel.

If you ever thought of reading this book based on these reasons; you will be disappointed.
The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy

is nothing magical, nothing mysterious and nothing that needs to be solved for certain.
It is the normal social drama of an English town; as real as it can get.
It is a strong mixture of human character.
It is full of family drama, neighbor drama, friends drama, schools drama,  and any labelled social drama you can think of in one town.
You can find nearly everything in it, from teenagers, to sex, to drug abuse, to rape, to cyber bullying, to domestic violence, to cheating; to death to another death and to more deaths.
J.K Rowling was able to portray the characters in such an ordinary way that you would love the people and in another moment hate them completely.

No one was BLACK. No one was WHITE. Everyone was GREY.

Even the character, Barry Fairbrother, whose death brought the town’s politics into a turmoil of social drama, who was in the beginning characterized as a do-good-er, that cared for the less-fortunate and helped them to a better path in their lives, had a neglecting side to him, forgetting about loved ones back at home that needed his immediate attention.

“He gave everything to everybody. Except to me.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

Everyone has secrets but;

Secrets can break you and sometimes make you.

From the secret that broke down an old woman’s spirit to a young girl’s secret actually getting her the relief she always needed.

“Things denied, things untold, things hidden and disguised.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

After reading the book, it made me wonder, what is life? What is human life?

Other than sheer selfishness that always has a disgusting stench of unintentional cruelty to others. 

“It was strange how your brain could know what your heart refused to accept.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

The thought that if anyone who saw that little boy dirty wandering aimlessly alone, would have stopped and talked to him, he might not have ended up dead.

The grass is greener the other side

Jealousy, human life is always so filled with jealousy, with people wishing they had what others had.
Like one character, Gavin, actually wishing he had his best friend’s life, totally not aware of the bliss he had till it’s gone.

“He dreamed of London and of a life that mattered.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

Hope Street

Even a street name can resemble the hope of a child’s dream for a stable, loving and caring life.

“Was it love when somebody filled a space in your life that yawned inside you, once they had gone?”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

Authenticity

All through the story, there was this young character that seemed to be on the path to search for pure authenticity, with the tragic ending that nothing is authentic anymore.
What we consider normal, is not normal.
All houses have secrets and everyone has murderous thoughts.
We all are deranged in our own way, from indifference to prejudice to desperation.
That is the NORMAL.

“You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it’s whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you are; you must accept that you are not God.”
― J.K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy

 

مترو – فانتازيا الحياة Metro Life Fantasy (3/50)

Metro Life Fantasy

Obviously my second book was in Arabic, I bought this book August of last year, even though it is pretty small, only 171 pages (where many pages were empty or had just a few sentences in it), it took me a long time to finish.

I usually do not like book that have loads of life lessons in it, but by the end of the book I actually did not mind recommending others to read it.

The author used a lot of metaphors to compare her rides using the subway and life itself.
Many of the examples she used I thought of before and was not new, maybe that is why in the beginning I found it pretty boring.
Then by the end, that is where it got more interesting and I started to like it.

I still do not believe it took me that long to finish reading it.

عجبني اختيارها بانهاء الكتاب بمصطفى ابراهيم
“وبعد اما بيجي وهييجي حتما
وبعد أما تبكي وبعد أما تحزن
لو جه في بالك تقرا كلامي
وحياة أبوك
الفاتحة أحسن”

Arabic or in English or in any alien language this book gladly counts into my 2014 Goodreads reading challenge.
That makes 3 out of 50. 1 book behind schedule, but I am working on that 😀 😉